Traditional Holiday Recipes Just Like Grandma Used To Make

It’s that time of year again. Holiday music plays softly over the speaker while we shop for Christmas gifts and plan the most delicious holiday meal of all time. It seems every year we try to top the dinners we’ve made in the past, but sometimes we get stuck with the same old holiday recipes that, although good, just seem tired and worn out after years of use.

The following holiday recipes will spice up your meal and bring back memories of the good old days, when food made by Grandma was the tastiest in the world. Pull up your chair, get out a pen and paper, and start making your grocery list. This list of phenomenal holiday recipes will surely lift your Christmas spirits while you dream of the pleasure they will bring to your family.

Old Fashioned Holiday Glazed Ham

The first indication that this recipe will be a true winner is the fact that it is from Food Network’s Paula Deen. Her down home cooking is always delicious, and the best part about this particular holiday ham recipe is the ease with which it is made.

Simply bake your preferred ham as usual. Slightly before the cooking time is finished, place pineapple rings on the ham, and push cloves through to hold the pineapple steady. Finish off with a cherry in the center. A simple yet tasty glaze is made with traditional brown sugar, mustard, and pineapple juice. Finish the last bit of cooking, and you now have a beautiful holiday ham that will look lovely on your holiday table, while pleasing the taste buds of even the pickiest of eaters.

Amazingly Easy — How to Roast a Turkey to Perfection

Within this post, the Culinary Life not only shares a recipe on how to perfectly cook a holiday turkey, but also gives tips on how to make it tastier, depending on your palate.

Detailed instructions will take you through defrosting the bird (which will take 3-4 days), preparing it, cooking it, and serving your golden-brown perfection to your family. Not at all a dry article, this guide to a holiday staple is interesting, and also injects some humor to tickle your funny bone.

“It doesn’t matter what orientation you roast your turkey in. Breast up, breast down, flipped over halfway through or hanging from the rafters – no position will make the breast more moist.”

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes With Bacon Pecan Streusel and Marshmallow Drizzle

Oh my, of all the holiday sweet potato recipes, this recipe from Carlsbad Cravings has to be the most unique and flavorful dish! Maybe you don’t remember Grandma making anything like this, but once you bite into it, you’ll wish she did!

While a bit time consuming, this dish is very easy. Simply bake sweet potatoes rubbed in coconut oil and salt; scoop out filling and mix with holiday goodness like maple, cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar; mix a sweet streusel which includes bacon (who doesn’t love bacon?) and put on top before baking and broiling. Voila! Whether you have dinner at your house, or you bring these little gems to someone else’s house for Christmas, you can rest assured you will have created one of the most unusual holiday recipes of all. Sit back and enjoy the praise.

Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Oddly enough, this recipe comes from Target. Christmas dinner would not be complete without at least one type of mashed potato dish. This holiday recipe takes mashed potatoes to the next level. Traditional mashed potatoes never tasted so savory. A combination of green onions, sour cream, panko bread crumbs, cheddar cheese and, of course, bacon turn this regular recipe into a delight.

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